The Pew Research Center reported on March 8, 2017 that immigration will be the source of most of the growth of the working age population between now and 2035. U.S. born children of immigrants will be an important factor as well. Without immigrants and their children, the U.S. workforce would be contracting. Pew’s conclusions echo the conclusions about the role of immigrants’ in counteracting Maine’s shrinking labor supply made in separate reports issued in 2016 by Coastal Enterprises, Inc. and jointly by the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. See Pew’s report here.